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Month: October, 2010

Celia Birtwell goes online

Bird Song fabric in Cherry I don’t really trust anyone who doesn’t find even the smallest degree of joy in Celia Birtwell’s legendary designs. Doyenne of hippy chic and ‘the face that launched a thousand prints’ – or more – Birtwell is a longstanding favourite of many a design junkie, representing one half of fashion’s […]

JamJar flower design

Last year, my friend Melissa decided – very nobly, in my opinion – to ditch the world of fashion, where she had been co-running one of London’s most successful and established model agencies, to pursue her passion for flower design. And just like that JamJar Flowers was born. With commissions for Mandarin Oriental and J […]

Faking it: paperback wallpaper at Anthropologie

From Agatha Christie to I, Claudius, now everyone can have their very own library. Kill the Kindle, save the book. Paperback wallpaper, £128, Anthropologie

DAY Birger et Mikkelsen A/W 2010

I am a longstanding fan of quirky Danish label DAY Birger et Mikkelsen‘s clothes and homeware ranges, and a look at this season’s new interiors offering has only compounded my love. Fusing fresh and simple colours  – oatmeal, black, coral, silver, grey – with hand-embroidered cushions and delicately engraved silver accessories, the collection is simple […]

People we’re loving: beetroot

When two Scottish design junkies named Helen and Louise decided to ditch their lives in Britain and relocate to Warsaw, the combination was bound to produce something a little bit different. And beetroot, their online shop for Polish inspired home accessories, provides just that. “beetroot was born from our love of contemporary Polish design, love […]

Whistlestop tour: The Conran Shop, Sloane Avenue

Last week, on a lovely sunny morning, I ventured over to the Brompton design district to snoop around the new collections and see what trends we will be coveting this winter. Brimming with bright colours, bold prints and chunky textures, the Conran Shop had everything I was looking for – as well as things I […]

Peep show: Henry and Carolyn’s little shepherd’s hut

A few weekends ago I decided to get out of London and head to the countryside in search of fresh air and something new. Arriving at a little campsite consisting of a small wigwam, shepherd’s hut, compost loo and outdoor bath, nestled in the garden of English B&B owners Henry and Carolyn, I felt I […]